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of the world. just this week, the pentagon announced that, if these cuts go through, almost 800,000 defense employees, the equivalent of every person in miami and cleveland combined, will be forced to take an unpaid leave. >> and with that, let's take the debate to our first roundtable. headlined be i the chairman of the house intelligence committee, mike rogers of michigan. lead democrat on the house foreign affairs committee eric engel and our own george will and christiane amanpour. >> the impact on the national security, there is no doubt. there's some misnomers. only 2 cents on the dollar over the whole federal budget. that's in seven months and highlighted, put at least most of the burden on the defense department. that's going to have an impact. that's a 13% cut. the best way to get through this, i mean, we can point fingers. the best way to do this is to allow flexibility. if you allow flexibility -- you don't have to shut down -- >> i wanted to bring that to congressman engel. >> i think the sequester was a stupid thing. i voted against it when it first time it came up.
spoke for the first time about the new pentagon ruling allowing women at the front lines. mr. obama said for all practical matters women are already serving in combat and serving with extraordinary patriotism and distinction. >>> and now to breaking news this morning from southern california where there has been a deadly bus crash. a tour bus apparently hit a pickup truck head on near the city of yucaipa in a remote area of san bernardino county. at least eight people were killed, dozens more hurt. the bus was returning to tijuana, mexico from big bear lake at the time of the accident. the crash happened on a mountainous stretch of highway. >>> new details about the fatal shooting of former navy s.e.a.l. and american sniper author chris kyle and his friend at a texas gun range on saturday. a sheriff in texas says the shooter, also an iraqi war vet, may have been suffering from some sort of mental illness, perhaps ptsd, post-traumatic stress disorder. >> the suspect's mother, she may have reached out to mr. kyle to try and help her son. and we kind of have an idea that maybe that's why th
more about the pentagon. saying, quote, if confirmed i intend to know a lot more than i do. jonathan carl, abc news, the white house. >> not a great performance, as you heard. even from people who will vote for him or like him or fellow democrats, you know, who may vote for him. little more critical about the nation's military. does a person not have a right to go into a slaughterhouse and change their opinion on red meat? >> of course. >> republicans say this guy is further left than president obama. republicans are skittish about his nomination. >> people are saying though his performance, well he was really under fire. so i think anyone in that hot seat may not do his or her best they're saying he likely will be confirmed i suspect. >> it is going to be a bumpy ride. >>> in related news, secretary of state hillary clinton leaving office officially today after sounding a warning about civil war in syria. at a sort of exit interview, clinton accused iran of playing an increasingly prominent role directing violence in syria and says that only raises chances of a wider conflict in the
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